1:30 am on a monday morning=randomness.

part 2 of author matthew reeve‘s discussion on the ya industry in japan. i’ve never heard of visual novels, but it sounds like the perfect blend of manga and gaming. only in japan! and it’s so interesting to find out that ebooks are struggling in a country that’s known for its technology. love the twist on how maybe paper will eventually evolve to beat out ebooks.

(have you read part 1 yet? you really should.)

gretchen kolderup’s article on everything you could ever want to know about what’s going on with ya today. it’s a bit of a read, but explains so well how it’s more than just, you know, books for teens.

have you guys heard of minecraft? it’s this massively addictive online game that has the power to swallow you whole. my husband and kids now live in a world i don’t understand, with things like creepers, mining, diamond ore. writer ben godby blogs about making the mistake of getting sucked in. but it’s win win for us here. while everyone else plays, i waste time on youtube and find new tumblr sites to waste even more time  write, research, edit.

canadian dj/producer deadmaus is a huge minecraft fan. turns out he’s got a creeper hat just like my son (as pointed out to us by a waitress at white spot the other day).

even more randomness: i was shocked to find out that kfc’s double down has only 540 calories! must try immediately! but so much fat, so much salt. le sigh.

an oldie but a goodie: this is why you’re fat. go hipster vegan to cleanse your palate.

listening to bad meets evil f. bruno mars’ lighters. reading sara gruen’s water for elephants (downstairs) and george r.r. martin’s a storm of swords (upstairs). (re)watching season one of friday night lights.

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